In this post Audrey Le Pogam, a phd student from Université du Québec à Rimouski, present her research ‘Coping with the worst of both worlds: phenotypic adjustments for cold acclimatization benefit northward migration and arrival in the cold in an Arctic breeding songbird’. She discusses the importance of species adaptations to environment, her future research questions and her newly discovered passion for sumo. About the … Continue reading Audrey LePogam: everyday is winter for snow bunting
Dr. Zenon Czenze is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Pretoria, soon to begin a Lecturer position at the University of New England in Armidale. Here, Dr. Czenze shares his team’s observations that led to the paper “Regularly-drinking desert birds have greater evaporative cooling capacity and higher heat tolerance limits than non-drinking species.”Continue reading “Zenon Czenze: Hot birds -thermoregulation in heat has co-evolved with drinking behaviour”
Dr. Kristen Ellis, a postdoctoral researcher at Colorado State University and USGS, tells us about her paper “The importance of functional responses among competing predators for avian nesting success”, how she got involved in ecology, as well as the pros and cons of being an ecologist.Continue reading “Kristen Ellis: Cause-specific mortality of avian nests”
Dr. Abigail Kimmitt, a postdoctoral researcher at Texas A&M University, tells us about her paper “Migratory strategy explains differences in timing of female reproductive development in seasonally sympatric songbirds”, as well as her current projects and her journey in becoming an ecologist.Continue reading “Abigail Kimmitt – Seasonal sympatry and timing of reproduction in dark-eyed juncos.”
Liisa Hämäläinen, a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Cambridge, discusses how predators’ previous experience with toxins influences social information use in this insight.Continue reading “Liisa Hämäläinen: A bad taste in the mouth – worth watching others?”
Dr. Brian D. Gerber is an assistant professor at the University of Rhode Island in the department of Natural Resources Science (Lab Website, Google Scholar, ResearchGate). He focuses on understanding behavioral, population, and community ecology to conserve and manage wild animals. In this insight, Dr. Gerber discusses the background of the paper, “Extreme site fidelity as an optimal strategy in an unpredictable and homogeneous environment” … Continue reading Brian Gerber: Sage grouse and site-fidelity: moving beyond the win-stay:lose-switch rule.
In our latest Insight, Micah Scholer, a PhD student in Zoology at the University of British Columbia Biodiversity Research Centre, talks about his new paper, Survival is negatively related to basal metabolic rate in tropical Andean birds and his path into ecology.Continue reading “Micah Scholer: birds, BMR and survival”